Seaweek is New Zealand’s annual national week about the sea. It is hosted by the New Zealand Association for Environmental Education and includes a wide range of events, activities, competitions and opportunities for action.
The theme for Seaweek 2016 is Toiora te Moana – Toiora te Tangata – Healthy Seas, Healthy People. It will run from Saturday 27 February to Sunday 6 March.
With 75% of New Zealanders living within 10 km of the coast, marine science need not be limited to just 1 week. Following is a sample of the Hub’s marine resources. Use the Related Content links on each page to get the full story.
Below is a selection of unit plans and other teacher support materials that we have grouped under possible teaching topics.
Healthy Seas – Healthy People
Interactive: Bioaccumulation in the sea
Student activity: Tracking toxins
Human impacts on the sea
Timeline: Fisheries in New Zealand
Student activity: Nutrient impact experiment
Student activity: Fisheries role-play
Habitats and ecosystems
Young Ocean Explorers episode topics: harbours, kelp
Interactive: Marine ecosystem
Interactive: Home for a crab
Student activity: Where do I live?
Student activity: Estuary metaphors
Young Ocean Explorers episode topics: rays, crayfish, orcas, triplefins, Sandager’s wrasse, dolphins, kelp, turtles and sharks
Interactive: Sea star
The ocean’s chemical and physical processes
Student activity: Floating eggs
Student activity: Investigating sea water
Student activity: Water temperature
The ocean and climate change
Video: Southern Ocean carbon sink
Timeline: The Ocean in Action
Student activity: Ocean acidification and eggshells
Teacher resource: Teachers learning and planning together
Video: Revive our Gulf
Video: Mussels filtering water
Teacher support materials
Online professional development
Video: Seaweek 2016
Seaweek 2016 Toiora te Moana - Toiora te Tangata - Healthy Seas, Healthy People (archived PD session)
SLH resources for Seaweek 2015 (archived PD session)
Education research and classroom experiences
Visit the Seaweek website to find local events, competitions and more
Visit the Biotech Learning Hub to learn about green-lipped mussels
Visit the Hub’s marine resources bucket in Pond